Re-treat, Re-group, Respond


(1 Samuel 22:1-2)David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men ESV

Saul’s paranoia.
David’s reputation as a warrior was a clear threat to Saul’s authority-He feared that if he didn’t act decisively, an uprising was eminent. Saul was increasingly concerned that those said to be loyal to him, actually assisted David to elude Saul’s pursuit(22:9-10) Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who stood by the servants of Saul, “I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech son of Ahitub, and inquired of the Lord and gave him provisions and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.

David had no such intent, so he was forced to flee.
He found his hiding place-He and All the others sharing the same plight (22:2). When we are wrongly accused, and pursued, we seek and find refuge in Jesus Christ (Psalm 17:8)

Evil does not acquiesce, It pursues until it makes it’s mark. David was Saul’s sword of Damocles-He was threatened and would stop at nothing to get to David (22:18-19) So the king said to Doeg, “Go and execute all the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite went and executed the priests himself. On that day, he killed 85 men who wore linen ephods. 19 He also struck down Nob, the city of the priests, with the sword-both men and women, children and infants, oxen donkey, and sheep.

“Faith Check” Our hiding place should never be our final destination. It is our rest stop where we find refuge, and renewal: It was time for David and his men to move out. God placed an assignment before them to test their obedience and faith in Him (23:1-2). Why? Our hiding place should not be our final destination(22:5) Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Don’t stay in the stronghold. Leave and return to the land of Judah. So David left and went to the forest of Herewith.